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The Tree Point Conservation Area is almost within snatch strap swinging distance of Darwin, and is a great spot for locals or interstate visitors to get out of town for a day, chill out and wet a line.

The conservation area protects a sinuous mangrove-lined estuary that flows towards the nearby Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve.

There’s some unreal angling opportunities available to fishos willing to make the hike out here, with some seriously big barramundi, mangrove jack and threadfin salmon caught out here each season.

Schools of queenfish, giant herring, tarpon and various trevally species are always on hand to scoff a lure and mix up your catch. The conservation area is accessible for most of the year, except after heavy rain when access via Gunn Point Road can be temporarily closed.


4WDING: A high clearance 4WD vehicle is recommended due to the park’s access tracks, particularly after heavy rain. Driving is not permitted on the beaches within the Conservation Area.

FISHING: Fishing is allowed within the Conservation Area and the primary targets are big barramundi, threadfin salmon and mangrove jack.


LOCATION: The conservation area is approximately 65km from Darwin and is accessed via Gunn Point Road. A turn off towards the sea near the water tank on Gunn Point Road leads to the entrance of the Conservation Area.

CAMPING: Unfortunately camping is not permitted within the Conservation Area, although there are day use areas in place along the beach.

FUEL is available at Darwin.

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